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Common Features with Linux and Windows

Windows and Linux have many common features allowing both operating systems to effective and complete. The following are some of the biggest similarities shared between the two:

Alt + Tab Keys

Microsoft introduced Alt + Tab key feature back with Windows 1.0 in their year 1985. Back then, this feature was called “CoolSwitch” however it was later changed in Windows 95 to “Task Switcher” and for Windows Vista “Windows Flip”. Thanks to the usefulness of this feature, Linux later incorporated a version of their own into their operating system.

Users Account

For both productivity and organization, Linux and Windows give great control with user accounts. Users can create a different account for work, home, play, and also one for administration to make managing their accounts simple. This is a great feature for both operating systems.

Task View

It tends to be always said that one operating system steals features from another. Linux took Alt + Tab from Windows, but Task View began with Linux.

Linux users were given awesome features for window management in 2006 with Compiz. This included the ability to spread any open windows across the screen and switching between them easily with just a click. Something similar was introduced in Windows 10 with the Task View feature. Users can get a quick look using shortcut Windows key + Tab. This feature is indispensable for users with several active apps. 

Cross-Platform

Software availability is one of the larger differences between Linux and Windows. Many commercial games and business apps run on the Windows operating system only. Also, there are many exclusive apps for Linux. However, this exclusiveness no longer matters for many users with cross-platform software.

For the rare instances when an app is found that is available on one platform, an alternative is easily found.

Desktop OS and Server OS

Many people think of Windows as a desktop OS while Linux is more for servers. In fact, these OS can be used for both purposes.

Since the year 2003 Windows Server has been used and has upgrades approximately every 4 years. Windows Server 2016 is Microsoft latest version. Several businesses use this version of Windows Server with great stability.

Additionally, many people use Linux for only writing papers or email and not as a server.

Vulnerabilities with Security

First and foremost, security with Windows is better than what many believe. Also, many people assume Linux is more secure than what it actually is.

Yes, Linux is safer than Microsoft Windows. Additionally, the amount of malware Windows computers receive has reduced in recent years.

With effective antivirus software, both these operating systems share the same amount of security issues.

Whether you’re a Windows user or Linux, you are sure to find needed features.

Different Types of Computer Viruses

 

Computer viruses come in many shapes and sizes

Types of Computer Viruses

There are several types of computer viruses that can pose a threat to your identity or the data on your computer. It is a good idea to know about these security threats and how they work. Anti-virus software is highly recommended or everyone who uses computers on a regular basis to protect their personal, financial and most sensitive data.

Browser Hijacker

One type of virus is called a browser hijacker. This works in a way that it takes over parts of the internet browser you are using and redirects it to certain sites. Its purpose is to increase advertisement revenue by bringing traffic to certain web pages. A well-known example of one is called CoolWebSearch. Keep an updated, good antivirus program to help stop these.  Also, be careful in downloading any coupon and shopping add-ons, and programs.  They are often bundled with those.

Directory Virus

A second type of virus is known as a Directory Virus and are also called File System Virus or Cluster Virus. This virus works by changing the path that indicates the files location by infecting the directory of your computer. These infect the entire directory but are usually found in a location in the disk. An example is Dir-2 virus.  These make it difficult to locate your files and may seem that files have disappeared.

Trojan

Trojan or Trojan horse is sent to your computer by a program that it is hidden inside . A trojan disguises itself to make one believe it is an important or useful program. These are often in highly desirable downloads like games, free software, and even movies or music.  Trojans are different that other viruses, because they don’t multiply or spread.  However, they are very dangerous because they can capture your login information on sites that you input your information.  Trojans are a top tool of cyber thieves who steal your financial and personal data for profit.

Memory Resident Virus

Memory Resident Virus are put on your computers memory. When the operating system runs the virus gets activated and every file that was opened gets infected. Even after execution of the malicious code the virus stays hidden in the RAM. This virus corrupts programs and files that are used in any way. Randex, Meve and MrKlunky are some, just to name a few.

Overwrite Virus

Another type is Overwrite Virus. This virus takes a file and infects it and the information in it is deleted, once that happens the file is partially useless or totally. The file size is not changed even though the content has been replaced. The file needs to be deleted, and you will lose the content originally in it.

We are able to help remove all types of viruses from your computer. Whether they have been on there for a while, or if you just had them added to the computer. Having a clean computer can put your mind at ease.

 

How To Change Language in Windows 8

Change Language in Windows 8

Want to use a different language for your Windows 8 PC?  When you have Windows 8, you need to know how to use the many different features that it comes with. Multiple language support is a very useful feature included in Windows 8.  Maybe you have a multi-lingual family or are traveling abroad and need to switch languages.  A common reason to enable this feature is when you need to share your computer with someone who speaks another language. By following these step by step instructions, you’re able to learn more about enabling multiple languages and then be able to use them throughout the entire computer. You’re able to remove languages as well.

Enable Windows 8 Language Options

With Windows 8, you can enable additional languages by just changing some settings.  It only takes a few minutes to do and is simple enough for most users.  Here is how to switch to a different language in Windows 8.

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Change Windows 8 Language

 

Adding a Language

  • First, open the Control Panel by typing it in on the metro start screen
  • Once in the language window, select Add Language under the heading Clock, Language, Region
  • Look for the language you want to use in the list, click the Add a language option — found at the top-left corner of the language list.
  • Choose the language that you would like to change the computer to. There are numerous languages to choose from.
  • Now you are able to use that language. You are able to preview the keyboard by going to the Options on the setting menu.

 

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Removing a Language

When it comes to removing a language from the computer – you can later add it back, this is done just as simply.

  • Go to the settings by right clicking the anywhere on computer screen.
  • GENERAL settings and on the control panel get back into the languages section and click on this.
  • Once you are there, you just have to click on Remove.
  • The language can be removed. It is just like when you add or remove a program from the computer and you will no longer be able to type in that language until you add it back to the computer.

Multiple languages are able to be used on the computer in this way. This allows anyone that is not able to read or type in English, which is the default language, to use the program and be able to read and type in their native language. Windows 8 provides an easier way to do both when it comes to adding and removing programs. Previously, on other platforms, the user would have to install a language pack in order to use the specific language that they would want to add.

What’s New In Windows 8.1

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Windows 8.1 What’s New

Windows 8 brought an entire new innovative operating system to the consumer. As with all new operating systems there were features that the public wanted to see and with the release of Windows 8.1 some of these features have come to light. Some of these additional features range from small tweaks in the interface to enhanced searching capabilities.

New and Enhanced Features

  1. Addition of a Start button – This new button on your desktop only takes you to the modern interface. (Also know as the metro interface)
  2. Boot directly to the desktop on start up – This feature does exactly what it says. you can now configure your system to boot right to the desktop eliminating the modern interface should you feel the need. To accomplish this Right click on your task bar and select properties. Then go to the Navigation Tab and choose the option that best suits your needs.
  3. Improved searching capabilities – Searching with in the modern interface has been enhanced using the power of Bing to assist the system in it’s searching.
  4. Enhanced Dual screen abilities – This feature is in windows 8 but in windows 8.1 you are not really limited as to how large or small you want the two screens.
  5. Staying in the Modern interface – They have made it more user-friendly staying in the modern interface and being able to access things like sky drive settings.

I would recommend updating to the Windows 8.1, if you are already using Windows 8. The enhanced features are convenient and easy to get used to. You can get Windows 8.1  from the app store for free if you already have Windows 8. Be sure to plug-in to power first.  Just go to the modern interface select store and there is a big app that says update. Click on that and then you click download.  Be prepared to wait a long time as this is a large download your system will restart several times.  As always visit IQ Computer Services for all your computer system needs from repair services to buying a new system.

 

Secure Your Laptop Files From Theft

Theft is something all people should learn to guard against. Given the right circumstances anyone could take what rightfully belongs to you. There are many ways to help protect the files on your laptop if you ever find yourself in this unfortunate situation.

Bitlocker is a full disk encryption feature in  the Ultimate and Enterprise versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. It’s also available in Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows 8. Bitlocker will encrypt entire disks making them almost impossible to be read without some form of authentication whether you  choose a USB key, password authentication, pin number, or a combination of the three. This would go along with password protecting your hard drive so that it is inaccessible without your password. If you choose not to password your entire drive, you can put a password on specific files or folders. There is also the option to encrypt just certain files and folders so that they can only be accessed by the computer which encrypted them. This is mostly used on external hard drives for privacy.

The best way to detour a thief is to show that the laptop will be more trouble than it is worth. You can accomplish this through many types of physical security. Most of the before mentioned tips rely on passwords. It is very important that you know how to create a strong memorable password because most protection assume that you will already have the know how on this subject.

 

Top 5 Reasons To Wait On Upgrading To Windows 8

Windows 8

Window 8

While Windows 8 was held to be one of Microsoft’s great innovations, here are top 5 reasons it would be a good idea to wait on upgrading.

You Don’t Have A Touch Screen Computer

It is designed with mainly Touch Screen Computers in mind, which are not very widely used although they are quickly becoming the industry standard. Most people are still using a mouse and keyboard for their input needs. That is why the app based interface known as “Metro” seems to be such a hindrance for the average user.

Learning A Completely New Operating System

This is not like when Windows 7 was released and you upgraded from Windows Vista. This is a Completely New Operating System. That means almost everything has been revamped. You will have to lean how to do everything from the advanced tasks to where the start menu is located.

Start Menu Is Totally Different

The feature most used is the Start Menu. Even that has been moved and redesigned. It is no longer just a small menu that open in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. Now it actually takes up the entire screen.

Hardware And Software Compatibility Issues

Windows 8 has been known to have Compatibility Issues with either hardware or software. Mostly due to drivers not being supported for windows 8.

Bugs and Glitches

When a new operating system is release is usually has “bugs” or little glitches that can cause very annoying problems. If you wait to update to Windows 8, the manufacturer usually fixes these issues with the release of a service pack. These issues are already fixed with the current Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

When thinking of upgrading to Windows 8 these are somethings to take into consideration before making that system changing decision. If you are not ready for a big change in the view and use of your computer system then it benefit you to wait before upgrading to Windows 8. Should you choose to upgrade to Windows 8 I would recommend visiting Microsoft’s Compatibility website to assure a smoother transition to the new operating system.